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News highlights featuring Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council funded science
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BBSRC mention: Powerlines disturb animal habitats by appearing as disturbing flashes of UV light invisible to the human eye

BBSRC mention: Powerlines disturb animal habitats by appearing as disturbing flashes of UV light invisible to the human eye | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Wild animals see overhead power cables in remote regions of the countryside as disturbing lines of flashing lights, which could explain why many species avoid electricity pylons to the point where their natural territories become seriously fragmented, scientists said.

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The study, published in the journal Conservation Biology and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, analysed the UV corona associated with power lines in southern Norway, where there are now 23 distinct populations of wild reindeer as a result of habitat fragmentation caused by human infrastructure such as roads and overhead electricity cables, said Nick Tyler of the University of Tromsø in Norway

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BBSRC mention: Oxford Farming Conference: Technology revolution presents opportunities for farming

BBSRC mention: Oxford Farming Conference: Technology revolution presents opportunities for farming | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference, Tory MP George Freeman said a technological revolution in British agriculture presents huge opportunities for UK farming,”
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JIC/BBSRC mention: New research funding to combat yellow rust

JIC/BBSRC mention: New research funding to combat yellow rust | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ A major £1.4m international research project aimed at combating a key disease in wheat is set to take place in the east of England.”
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BBSRC mention: University of Southampton could turn food waste into renewable energy

BBSRC mention: University of Southampton could turn food waste into renewable energy | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ IT is a project that aims to unlock the key to turning food waste into renewable energy.”
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BBSRC mention: Institute Receives Funding for Research into Aggression in Pigs

Researchers from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have been awarded £580,000 to study possible ways to reduce pig aggression in order to improve welfare and the economic benefits to farmers.
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BBSRC funded research: BBC Winterwatch

BBSRC funded research: BBC Winterwatch | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ The team explores the Caledonian Forest, home to squirrels and pine martens.”
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Fish oil GM crop bid submitted

Fish oil GM crop bid submitted | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ Field trials of a genetically modified crop containing fish oil nutrients in its seeds could begin in the UK this year.”
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Scientists bid to begin field trials into fish oil GM crop

Scientists bid to begin field trials into fish oil GM crop | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ British scientists have applied to begin field trials of a genetically modified crop containing fish oil nutrients in its seeds in what could be a big boost to the fish farming industry.”
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£12m for new plant technology hothouse | Business Weekly | Technology | Biotechnology | Business news | Cambridge and the East of England

£12m for new plant technology hothouse | Business Weekly | Technology | Biotechnology | Business news | Cambridge and the East of England | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ Plant scientists in Cambridge and Norwich have been awarded £12 million funding for a new UK synthetic biology centre – OpenPlant.”
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BBSRC mention: Wheat promiscuity holds key to yields, Oxford Farming Conference hears

BBSRC mention: Wheat promiscuity holds key to yields, Oxford Farming Conference hears | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Wheat will have sex with anything. That observation was made at the Oxford Farming Conference by Keith Woodward, professor of cereal genomics at Bristol University.

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GFS mention/Tim Benton quote: Global food crisis set to send prices of household staples soaring over next five years

GFS mention/Tim Benton quote: Global food crisis set to send prices of household staples soaring over next five years | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
A GLOBAL food crisis will see the cost of household staples rocket by almost a fifth in five years, economists warned yesterday.

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GFS mention: BBC Radio 2 - The Chris Evans Breakfast Show

GFS mention: BBC Radio 2 - The Chris Evans Breakfast Show | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

GFS food waste report mentioned between 1h09m50s and 1h10m29s


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BBSRC mention/Doug Kell quote: Universities given China grant boost

Five universities receive grants totalling £124,000 to help them work with scientists in China.

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BBSRC story: http://bbsrc.ac.uk/news/people-skills-training/2013/131015-pr-partnerships-forge-synbio-links-uk-china.aspx ;

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BBSRC mention: Animals see power lines as glowing, flashing bands, research reveals

BBSRC mention: Animals see power lines as glowing, flashing bands, research reveals | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

Study suggests pylons and wires that stretch across many landscapes are having a worldwide impact on wildlife - funded by BBSRC

 


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BBSRC mention: Scientists find substance which could help skin stay looking younger

BBSRC mention: Scientists find substance which could help skin stay looking younger | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ RESEARCHERS from the North-East have identified a substance which offers total protection against some types of sun damage and may ultimately help skin stay looking younger for longer.”
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BBSRC mention: The Key To Younger Looking Skin?

BBSRC mention: The Key To Younger Looking Skin? | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ Science has good news for those looking to prevent the signs of premature ageing.”
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BBSRC mention: New Focus on Reducing Campylobacter Risks

A new report from BBSRC, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Defra details research priorities aimed at reducing the risk of food poisoning from fresh poultry through better control of the food-borne pathogen Campylobacter.
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BBSRC mention: Research in fruit flies suggests a new mechanism explaining how diet may affect cancer, obesity

“ New research from the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre suggests that nutrients in the diet may play a role in changing the architecture of blood vessels in the gut and other organs.”
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First nutrient-enriched GM crops could be grown in the UK within months

First nutrient-enriched GM crops could be grown in the UK within months | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ A genetically modified crop boosted with a dietary supplement could be grown for the first time in Britain as early as this year following a request by scientists to conduct a controversial field trial at a heavily-protected research site in...”
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GM crops containing fish oil nutrients could be grown in UK within months - Telegraph

GM crops containing fish oil nutrients could be grown in UK within months - Telegraph | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ Field trials of the first genetically modified crops to produce high yields of omega-3 fatty acids normally found in oily fish could start in Britain in just three months.”
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BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow featured: BBC Inside the Animal Mind

BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow featured: BBC Inside the Animal Mind | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
“ Chris Packham explores the remarkable ways animals use their senses.”
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BBSRC mention: Secrets of potato blight could help farmers fight back

“ Scientists have discovered vital clues as to how the pathogen responsible for the Irish potato famine adapted to spread between different plant species.”
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BBSRC funds an aerial view of crops

BBSRC funds an aerial view of crops | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it

Thanks to funding from BBSRC, Rothamsted Research has a new octocopter to monitor agricultural crops and experiments as part of several genetic improvement projects.


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GFS mention/Tim Benton quote: Up to two-fifths of fruit and veg crop is wasted because it is 'ugly', report finds

GFS mention/Tim Benton quote: Up to two-fifths of fruit and veg crop is wasted because it is 'ugly', report finds | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Produce that does not meet retailer standards in UK is fed to animals or ploughed back into ground, according to study

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BBSRC mention and video: X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed

BBSRC mention and video: X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed | BBSRC News Coverage | Scoop.it
Time to revise the high school biology textbooks: contrary to their typical portrayal as being precisely X-shaped, chromosomes are in fact much more complex — and much messier looking. That's the...

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